10 Jaw-Dropping Celebrity Superyachts

June 12, 2019 9:55 am

Ever wonder which celebrities have yachts? People are fascinated by the luxuries the rich and famous can afford and there’s no better display of wealth than owning a fully equipped and crewed superyacht. Sure, owning a Mediterranean villa is great but the moment a star leaves the property their privacy can easily be compromised. Aboard a yacht, however, celebrities are out of the public eye — yacht crews are known for their discretion and usually, no one even knows the star was on board until the yacht has left. For today’s A-list celebrities, superyacht ownership is the ultimate luxury.

Here — in order by length — are ten celebrity yachts whose sheer extravagance will take your breath away.


RISING SUN | 178m (453 ft) — Davin Geffen

453′ Lurssen 2004

Originally built for Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Rising Sun is the world’s 12th-largest superyacht. It was designed by John Bannenberg and built in 2004 by Germany’s Lurssen Shipyards. Last refitted in 2007, Rising Sun has been owned since 2010 by David Geffen, founder of Asylum Records, who had purchased a half share of the yacht in late 2006. Rising Sun can accommodate 16 guests an offers vast living and entertaining areas (including a full gymnasium) spread over five levels. Jacuzzi bathrooms and countertops fashioned out of onyx gives the yacht a particularly sumptuous atmosphere. With a crew of 45, the Rising Sun has a steel hull and aluminum superstructure with four MTU engines delivering the power.


OCTOPUS | 126m (414 ft) — Paul Allen

414′ Lurssen 2003

The world’s 16th largest yacht, Octopus is owned by the estate of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Built by Lurrsen in 2003, the superyacht is capable of exploration and scientific research voyages requiring months at sea. Octopus is fully equipped with a glass-bottom pool, two helicopters, two submarines, a movie theatre, basketball court, recording studio, and accommodations for 26 guests in 41 suites. With a crew of 60 including former Navy Seals, maintenance and salaries on the ship cost a rumored $200 million. Octopus has been involved in several notable research operations including retrieving the bell of the HMS Hood (sunk in 1940 by the German battleship Bismark) in 2012 and — in 2015 — locating the Japanese battleship Musashi sunk in 1944 off the coast of the Philippines.


EOS | 93m (305 ft) — Barry Diller/Diane von Furstenberg

305′ Lurseen 2006

Built by Lurssen Yachts in 2006, Eos is owned by film mogul Barry Diller and his fashion designer wife, Diane von Fürstenberg. At the time of her launch Eos was the largest private sailing yacht in the world. Eos can sleep up to 16 guests and 21 crew and features a displacement aluminum hull and alumnium superstructure with teak decks. The interior was designed by François Catroux, named by Vanity Fair as the “uber-rich’s favorite interior designer”. This stunning three-masted schooner has a complete inventory of toys and tenders to keep guests entertained at sea. With two powerful MTU diesel engines, the yacht can attain a cruising speed of 14 yachts and a top speed of up to 16 knots. Refitted in 2018, Eos is said to be valued in excess of $150 million.


MUSASHI | 88m (289 ft) — Larry Ellison

Named after a 16th century samurai, Musashi (“warrior”) was launched by the Dutch shipyard Feadship in 2011. This opulent yacht is owned by Larry Ellison, owner of Oracle Software and one of the richest people in the world. Musashi set new standards for five deck-superyachts in terms of space, style and connectivity. Her main deck provides space for guests in nine suites, while the two master staterooms are located on the upper deck and the bridge deck. The lower deck is free for technical spaces and crew (including  a spa and gym), while the top deck is devoted to making the most of time around spa pool and bar. There’s even a basketball court and a motorboat ready to retrieve balls that bounce overboard.


SEVEN SEAS | 86m (282 ft) — Steven Spielberg

282′ Oceanco 2010

Delivered in 2010 by Dutch shipyard, Oceanco, Seven Seas features an elegant and tasteful interior design scheme by Nuvolari & Lenard. It’s most striking feature is an infinity pool with a 15-foot glass wall that doubles as a movie screen so Spielberg and guests can watch his latest production while swimming or lounging poolside. Able to accommodate 12 guests in 6 suites, Seven Seas (named after each of Spielberg’s children) has a crew of 26. She was purchased for approximately $184 million. Spielberg is currently chartering the massive yacht at a reported $1.2 million a month making it one of the most expensive charters in the world. Seven Seas is currently for sale as Spielberg is said to be considering a larger yacht.


VENUS | 78m (256 ft) — Steve Jobs

256′ Feadship 2008

Built by Feadship, Venus was commissioned by the late founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, in 2008. The yacht was delivered in 2012 at a cost of more than $120 million, however Jobs died in October, 2011 and the yacht is now owned by Job’s widow, Laurene Jobs. The design was carried out mainly by French marine architect Philippe Starck with several significant inputs provided by Jobs himself. The innovative aluminum hull replicates the visual effect of Apple products — the bridge, for example, is fitted with an array of Apple computers, fitting for a yacht designed for Steve Jobs. One of the 100 largest superyachts in the world, Venus is not currently available for charter.


MAIN | 65m (213 ft) — Giorgio Armani

213′ Codecasa 2008

Built in 2007–08 by Codecasa Shipyards, the 65-meter superyacht Main is constructed with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. Armani, one of the world’s top fashion designers, supervised the 30-month construction process himself and personally selected the unusual dark-green paint color. “Painting Main green was a choice made to camouflage her,” says Armani. “The green camouflages the boat at sea so it doesn’t appear too flashy.” Main offers accommodations for up to 12 guests and a crew of 14. The six guest cabins, two salons (for formal and casual events), spiral staircase, lift, Jacuzzi, gym, cinema and sundeck are all finished out in Armani’s signature subdued style.


CYAN | 49m (161 ft) — Bono

Rockstar Bono’s megayacht Cyan (ex Renalo) was built by Condecasa Yachts of Italy in 1997. Bono purchased the yacht in 2008 after chartering the yacht with his family the previous summer. Cyan received a major refit in 2008 and a cosmetic refit in 2016. She can accommodate 12 guests across six sizable cabins. Lavishly appointed and lined with fine oak and mahogany, the indoor area features a baby grand piano and a fully-equipped gym. Cyan’s expansive deck features a swimming pool, an outdoor cinema with a three meter screen, a Jacuzzi, and a storage area for tenders, Seabobs and waverunners.


PRIVACY | 47m (155 ft) — Tiger Woods

155′ Christensen 2004

Tiger Woods had Privacy built by Christensen Yachts in Seattle for $20 million, taking delivery of it as a present for his now ex-wife in 2004. The yacht is reported to have 6,500 square feet of living and work space and a capacity to sleep up to 12 people in a full beam master suite on the main deck and five opulent guest cabins. According to various sources, Privacy features a gym and theater and carries multiple watercraft such as jet skis. It takes a crew of nine to operate. Ironically, Woods sued Christensen in 2005 for using his name to promote its business and attract new customers. He walked away with over $1 million in damages.


VA BENE | 47m (155 ft) — Eric Clapton

155′ Kees Cornelissen 1992

Va Bene was built in 1992 by the Dutch shipyard Kees Cornelissen for a Greek citizen in the Netherlands. In 1997 he sold the yacht to Bernie Ecclestone who in turn sold it to Eric Clapton in 2005 for approximately $10 million. Va Bene was completely refitted in 2007–08 with Clapton choosing to retain the yacht’s original relaxed atmosphere instead of the in-your-face ostentatious look typical of most modern superyachts. A steel-hulled displacement vessel with a cruising speed of about 14 knots, Va Bene accommodates 12 guests in six sleeping cabins and has a crew of 13. Despite being one of the world’s top rock stars Clapton enjoys a comfortable lifestyle and this is reflected in Va Bene’s casual furnishings and decor.

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